A Russian newspaper has launched some very harsh words towards Canadians shortly after their Olympic Men's Hockey team was trounced by the Canadian men.
“Vancouver is not fit to hold the Winter Olympics" it decrees. “The Red Machine Runs into a Maple Tree,” was Pravda’s headline. Other newspaper banners across Russia included “Nightmare in Vancouver” and “Down and Out".
The Star is reporting that the website’s main athletic complaint is about a short-notice drug test issued to Russian skier Natalya Korosteleva. It neglects to mention that VANOC organizers have no input into the drug-testing regime of any particular sporting body.
It also impugns us for the decision to give the gold medal in men’s figure skating to American Evan Lysacek over Russian Evgeni Plushenko – as if we had some say in that, either. The writer slinging mud at Canada for this should give his head a shake. Last time I checked, it's the Russians who are Olympic Gold Medallists at bribing judges (Sale and Pelletier in Salt Lake City anyone?)
The London Times reports that even the more diligent critics of Vancouver 2010 have been astonished by the editorial in Pravda that claimed that “Vancouver is not fit to hold the Winter Olympics”, that “the utter incapacity of this country to host a major international event” is because of an “inferiority complex”, that “Vancouver is mutton dressed as lamb” and that if you “take off the outer veneer, the stench is horrific”.
The Russian rag continues to , “We all know Canada has problems with the future lines drawn on Arctic maps and we all know Canada lives in the shadow of its larger neighbour to the south.”
It gets worse...
“The abject cruelty shown by Canadian soldiers in international conflicts is scantily referred to, as indeed is the utter incapacity of this county to host a major international event, due to its inferiority complex, born of a trauma being the skinny and weakling bro to a beefy United States and a colonial outpost to the United Kingdom, whose Queen smiles happily from Canadian postage stamps.”
“Maybe it is this which makes the Canadians so … retentive, or cowardly.”
Excuse me? Since when do the Russians think they have the moral high-ground on anything to do with Human Rights? Now granted, I'm not as ignorant as the writer of that article, and I'm certainly not going to label an entire nation as he did.
Oh wait, hang on, the article is written by a Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey. Doesn't sound very Russian does it? Well it's not. It's English. Any biography of him online has been taken down it seems, but he was educated (debatable) in Leeds and is English through and through.
If you'd like to read the crap that passes as journalism, the article can be found in its entirety here.